Thousands gathered in Alexandria today for the funeral of Marwa Sherbini, a pregnant Egyptian woman killed in a German courtroom last week by a man convicted of insulting her religion, the AP reports. Sherbini, 32, was stabbed 18 times by a man identified only as Axel W, 28. They were attending a hearing for his appeal of a $1,050 fine levied when he called Sherbini a “terrorist” because she was wearing the Muslim headscarf, or hijab.
Sherbini’s husband, Elwi Okaz, was also injured in the courtroom; Okaz was both stabbed by Axel W and accidentally shot by a policeman. Egyptian media are calling Sherbini “the martyr of the hijab,” and many are outraged that the attack could take place inside a courtroom, Al Jazeera reports. At least two protests are planned this week in Alexandria and Cairo.